UPDATE: Asham in custody
A woman wanted by Portage RCMP linked to counterfeit currency use has been arrested.
According to police, Ashley Santana Lee Asham, 28, was taken into custody by Winnipeg Police Service shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night and was set to appear before the court Wednesday.
Asham has been charged with three counts of uttering counterfeit money, and one count of possession of counterfeit money, in relation to three separate incidents in Portage la Prairie.
Police would like to thank all members of the public who provided information on Asham’s whereabouts however investigators still ask that anyone with knowledge of who is producing the counterfeit bills being used across town, contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
Police also wish to remind business owners and employees handling cash to double check all bills for authenticity.
Police believe they have identified a woman in relation to a string of incidents involving counterfeit money used in various locations throughout the city.
RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating 28-year-old Ashley Santana Lee Asham, who is presently charged with three counts of uttering counterfeit money and one count of possession of counterfeit money, as police have linked the women to at least three separate incidents.
Asham is described as a Caucasian female with a medium build, standing 5-foot-5 and weighing approximately 160 lbs. She has blue eyes and brown hair, which is often kept in a ponytail. She also has tattoos along her upper left arm, and across the back of her neck.
According to police, investigators believe that Asham is still in possession of counterfeit bills, and is believed to be using them in and around the Portage la Prairie area. If you know the current whereabouts of Asham, please contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445, or your local police detachment. Anonymous tips can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and manitobacrimestoppers.com.
Portage RCMP do not believe this woman to be the same suspect wanted for counterfeit money usage in a release sent out Tuesday morning.